The meteorologists are predicting record cold weather this week, so everyone knew they were going to be trapped (eventually). Saturday was actually decent (I think we were all expecting the cold to hit sooner than it did), so everyone, and I mean everyone, ran their errands. We stocked up on groceries and gas and then headed home to hunker down.
It was an incredibly productive weekend. Incredibly. Possibly a little manic, but still, productive.
Saturday I made chai tea lattes. I don’t really know why I wanted a chai tea latte so badly, but with the cold weather, it sounded perfect and it was. It could have been slightly sweeter, or more concentrated, but it was the perfect warm drink for a cold afternoon.
And then I did laundry. All the laundry. Sheets, blankets, pillows, taggies, duvets, towels. Everything that could be washed, was washed this weekend.
Sunday morning I started off with pumpkin chocolate chip oat bars. These were a huge hit! So yummy and tasty. We ate half the pan already.
We ate some lunch, then started a craft the girls got in their stockings for Christmas. Who remembers Bake it’s?
In hindsight, this was a poor decision. While the girls did fine with them at first, it quickly became apparent that you needed to do this one by one with a tweezer, or you’d have colors everywhere. They started them, I finished them. Never again.
There was a lull after these baked where the oven was off for a solid hour plus. I ran, the girls got to the Ice Castle in Dora Wii. Then I threw in some chicken breasts, which I baked, cut up, and froze for later use. I used to do this every week, but I had gotten out of the habit. I wanted to do tacos on Tuesday this week, but since we weren’t having chicken Sunday, I didn’t have leftover chicken to use. I realized it was silly to depend on reusing leftovers, so I baked up some to freeze.
Last but not least were the Monster Cookies. My mom made these for Bake Day and the girls have loved them, so I knew we needed more. There is no flour in the recipe, only a whole lotta peanut butter and oatmeal. Note to my mother – did you use butter in yours? Because ours look very different.
The final thing I crossed off my to do list was to hang our family picture in the dining room. I’ve had that thing framed and sitting on the floor for five months? When we were at Home Depot on Saturday I bought picture hanging wire and a bracket. The only wrinkle in this is that the bracket is visible above the picture frame. Like fully visible. But the family picture is up! And every time I see it I’m thankful Angie blurred out my wrinkles. (Picture of the family picture only, since it was too dark to take a picture of my hanging picture.)